BEAUTY: The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is currently touring its performance of Swan Lake.
BEAUTY: The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is currently touring its performance of Swan Lake.

What's on: Gold Coast

The Imperial Russian Ballet

THE Imperial Russian Ballet Company returns to Australia with Swan Lake, the most loved classical ballet of them all, at HOTA in October. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia. Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, at HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast, at 2pm and 7.30pm. Bookings phone (07) 5588 4000.

Free Seniors' Morning Tea

PACIFIC Fair holds a free seniors' morning tea and games morning on the first Tuesday of every month 9.30-11.30am on the ground floor at Pierre's Cafe (inside Myer). It's a chance to enjoy a social morning out with friends, new and old, and to catch up over a free coffee, cake and games. No bookings required, though you must present your Seniors Card to receive a complimentary coffee and cake.

Australia in space and Apollo - Professor Alan Duffy

ASTRONOMER Alan Duffy will explore the ways in which Australia finds itself at the cutting-edge of space exploration, from the boundaries of our atmosphere to the furthest reaches of the universe. Find out how Australia finds itself supporting a return to the moon, 50 years since Apollo 11. Bookings are essential. The event is being held August 9 from 6.30-7.30pm at Robina Library. Email or call (07) 5581 6788.

Information for Menopausal Women

AN INFORMATIVE and educational workshop will be held at the Runaway Bay Youth Centre on Saturday, August 10, from 10.30am-12.30pm. The workshop is for women having menopausal symptoms who would like to understand the physiological process and natural methods of relief. This workshop not only aims to assist women in improving disabling menopausal symptoms, but also to assist them in improving their stress response, sleep patterns, alongside weight management tips.

The event is presented by natural healthcare practitioners who have achieved bachelor degree qualifications and postgraduate degrees and is promoted by City of Gold Coast as part of its Active & Healthy Lifestyle Program. Giveaways will be available onsite from sponsors Cobram Estate and Morlife. Heavily discounted consultation prices will also be offered to individuals present at the event. Come along and learn new, evidence- based methods of improving your health. Cost is $13.50. Run by Harvesting Health. Contact Leone Wilson 0422 220464,

Rose Cup Charity Golf

HOSTED at the Arundel Hills Country Club, the Rose Cup Charity Golf Day is a four-player ambrose (two groups of two players). Registration includes hire for two carts and on-course takeaway lunch followed by a sit-down dinner for four people. Sponsored by LJ Hooker and, this is an opportunity to enjoy a day on the green and raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland, supporting Queenslanders living with this incurable disease. The event will be held August 15, 9.45am-8pm. Contact Cathy Barker from Cystic Fibrosis Queensland. Phone (07) 3359 8000 or email

Nature Journaling

NATURE journaling is the practice of drawing or writing in response to nature. It's fun and relaxing, helps people connect with nature, and the result is a unique nature journal. The practice is aimed at calming the mind and increasing attention to detail and appreciation of beauty.

Suitable for ages 15 and older, to be held from 9-11am on August 17 at Robina and the cost is free. Phone 1300465326, email or go to journaling-tickets-62617653086.

Guided Walk - A Saunter for the Senses

THIS walk in the Rotary Sensory Garden is aimed at stimulating all five senses. Learn about the history of the site while enjoying the Gold Coast winter sunshine in the Botanic Gardens. Meet the guide at the Friends Centre. The event will be held from 10-11am on August 18 at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa, and is free.

Contact Shelly, Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, on 0449 561674 or info@

Army Band Concert - Seniors Week

ENJOY a free performance by the Australian Army Band Brisbane in Robina during Seniors Week. There will be raffles for sale at the door to support Robina Lions Club and its Big Red Kidney Bus community project. The event will be held at the Robina Community Centre Auditorium from 11.30am-12.30pm, August 21. No bookings required.

Coombabah Lakelands Bushwalk

JOIN the city's Natural Areas team for Seniors Week. Visit the largest conservation area managed by the city and learn more about the efforts to conserve the park and some of the plants and animals found there, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and a range of birds. Medium fitness required, flat level trail. This walk is approximately a 2km loop walk. Suitable for seniors aged 60 and older. August 21 from 9-10.30am at Coombabah. Phone 1300 465320 or email noreply@goldcoast

Absolute Beginners (Miami)

THE Absolute Beginners cycling workshop encourages those within the community who want to cycle but have never ridden a bicycle and are unsure of how to go about getting into cycling. Attendees must be 18 years or older. They must bring their own drinking water, helmet, bicycle and sunscreen for this session. Please note that due to the limited number of spaces and the popularity of the program, those interested will need to register online. Please cancel if not able to attend the session. Maximum of three participants per session. Facilitator is Olympic gold medallist Sara Carrigan. The next workshop is on August 24 from 9.30-11am at Miami. The location details will be given after registration. It's free. Phone (07) 5582 8677, email activetravel@gold or visit absolute-beginners-cycle.

Much Ado About Nothing

CLAUDIO and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings. Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love and loathing of each other. Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Bell Shakespeare, September 4 and 5 from 7.30-10pm. Phone (07) 5588 4000, email or visit nothing.

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